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Bright Steps Forward Signs New President John Castellano


Bright Steps Forward, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, announced today that John Castellano is now their President.

Lauderdale by the Sea, FL January 5, 2010 --Bright Steps Forward, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, announced today that John Castellano has accepted the prestigious role of President.


For the past 25 years, Mr. Castellano has been a custom home builder, restaurant owner, senior management executive, and promoter of virtual tradeshows. His company, JNC Development, designs and builds high-end custom homes in Weston, Florida. With well over 600 homes built under his direction, Mr. Castellano has been responsible for creating new home communities in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. In addition to his building career, Mr. Castellano was the founder Pizza USA, a national restaurant chain of 25 owned and operated fast food restaurants in major regional mall food courts throughout the U.S. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Castellano lived in Europe, where he was Managing Director of Long Distance International, a $100 million global telecommunications service provider with over 500 employees in 10 countries. In this company, Mr. Castellano was responsible for business development and expansion of the company?s operations throughout Southern Europe. His latest venture is the creation of a virtual tradeshow promotion company. This first show to roll out in this new enterprise will be the CDAC virtual tradeshow, whose sector is the Commercial Design, Architecture, and Construction industry. He is now the President of Bright Steps Forward. "I am thrilled to be the President of Bright Steps Forward -I get to fulfill my personal commitment to making a difference in children?s lives," said Castellano. "Together we get to bring this amazing message and vision into reality," he continued. Bright Steps Forward was founded by Eileen de Oliveira. Her son, Lucas, was born with cerebral palsy and as a result of her commitment to getting him the treatment he needed, Lucas learned to crawl and walk using both Intensive Pediatric Therapy in conjunction with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. It was this breakthrough in Lucas' development that inspired Eileen to create Bright Steps Forward. "We are so excited that John has joined our team. He has already opened doors for us that we never imagined," stated Eileen. Bright Steps are now reaching children and families all over the world with their work. For more information and details visit www.brightstepsforward.org. Bright Steps Forward is committed exclusively to fundraising for scholarships used by children with autism and physical disabilities who do not have the funds to pay for intensive pediatric therapy using the PediaSuit Protocol?. This is a groundbreaking type of physical, occupational, speech and behavioral therapy that puts children with disabilities on the fast track toward a more independent life.

Since this therapy is relatively new to the United States, it is not covered by insurance plans, leaving most families with few options and the inability to receive care that could permanently change their lives.

John Castellano and Bright Steps are planning several events nationally. John will be available for radio and television interviews upon request.